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Codogno Hospital, Lodi Province

Italy 2020 © Lisa Veran/MSF


Let's talk COVID-19: An OB-GYN on the front line

Codogno Hospital, Lodi Province

Italy 2020 © Lisa Veran/MSF

April 02, 2020

1:00PM-1:45PM ET

Event type: Live online


Join us for this live online discussion series to find out how Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is responding to the evolving COVID-19 emergency.

During the event, MSF aid workers and medical experts will answer your questions about the humanitarian impacts of COVID-19.

For this first event in our discussion series, MSF-USA Executive Director Avril Benoît will speak to Dr. Rasha Khoury, an OB-GYN and MSF-USA board member who has completed multiple surgical assignments with MSF, including more than a year spent in a specialized maternity hospital in Afghanistan. Dr. Khoury is currently responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Bronx, New York as part of a team of people working to ensure safety of patients as pregnancies continue amidst this emergency.

Your registration allows you to attend all events in this series.

After you register, you'll receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link to attend online. You'll also receive email reminders before each event.


Avril Benoît, MSF-USA Executive Director, has worked with the international medical humanitarian organization since 2006 in various operational management and executive leadership roles, most recently as the director of communications and development at MSF’s operational center in Geneva from November 2015 until June 2019. Throughout her career with MSF, Avril has contributed to major movement-wide initiatives, including the global mobilization to end attacks on hospitals and health workers. She has worked as a country director and project coordinator for MSF, leading operations to provide aid to refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in Mauritania, South Sudan, and South Africa. Avril’s strategic analysis and communications assignments have taken her to countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, and Syria. From 2006 to 2012, Avril served as director of communications with MSF Canada.

Dr. Rasha Khoury, OB-GYN and MSF-USA board member, is a Palestinian physician and public health activist born and raised in East Jerusalem. She moved to the US for medical training, graduated from Yale School of Medicine in 2008, and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California San Francisco. She then pursued a fellowship in Family Planning and Global Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital and received her Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2013. In 2014, fulfilling a lifelong dream, she joined MSF and has since completed 6 surgical assignments in Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Cote D'Ivoire, Iraq, and for more than a year in Afghanistan. Dr. Khoury currently works clinically in high-risk obstetrics in the Bronx, NY with a research focus on reducing severe maternal morbidity and mortality.


Future events in this discussion series:

Thursday, April 09, 2020 - 1:00 PM EDT (10:00 AM PDT)

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 1:00 PM EDT (10:00 AM PDT)

*Each event will run approximately 45 minutes.